Braeburn and Filey school children make progress in charity 'Run Around the World' challenge

Schoolchildren across the Yorkshire Coast are halfway through a charity challenge run around the world.

By Corinne Macdonald
Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 11:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 11:27 am

Starting at the beginning of May, all 24 schools which are part of Ebor Academy Trust, including Braeburn in Scarborough and Filey Ebor Academy and Filey Nursery and Infants School, set off to run, walk, cycle or wheel the 40,000 kilometres across the planet.

As of today (May 19) they have collectively travelled 21,000km – the distance from here to Fiji.

"We've got to maintain momentum and try to encourage others to help us if we are to succeed," said Ebor's chief executive Gail Brown, who herself has contributed thousands of metres from regular runs.

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Some of the school children taking part in the challenge. Pictures from Ebor Academy Trust.

“There are many physical and mental benefits of being active and keeping fit. Regular exercise combats stress and helps you sleep at night,” said Mrs Brown.

"We've had a fantastic response from some really enthusiastic pupils and their parents and carers. We set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for the NHS and our target of £750 was easily beaten in the first week – it currently stands at £2,105."

The virtual route across the world is updated on the trust's website twice a week. Starting from York Minster, the children "travelled" to Belgium, across Europe, through Greece, Dubai, India, China and Australia.

"We're just about on track but we welcome help – anyone can join in. All they have to do is log their distances," said Mrs Brown.

Distances travelled can be easily logged using an online form, accessible here.

A sponsorship page (, has been set up for well wishers who might want to support the activity.

All donations will go to charities that support the NHS.

Mrs Brown added: “This is proving to be a worthwhile and fun event and we hope our pupils, members of our school communities – and anyone else who might want to join – are enjoying their big adventure and a great exercise in teamwork.”

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